Memorial Held for Victim of Fatal Marion Oaks Crash

Family places memorial marker for lost loved one

MARION OAKS – Family members of a victim who lost her life in a fatal Marion Oaks crash in April revisited the spot where the horrific events unfolded to place a memorial marker in memory of their loved one.

17-year-old Charisma Francisco tragically lost her life while riding in a vehicle with her uncle, 19-year-old Ethan Ruiz on April 14th, 2016.

According to witnesses, Ruiz was reportedly driving recklessly at a high speed down Marion Oaks Boulevard when he lost control of his vehicle just passed southeast 145th Street.


The vehicle spun off of the road and struck a concrete utility pole on the passenger side where Francisco was sitting.

Francisco was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics. Ruiz was transported to a local ORMC by a Shands AirCare helicopter.

Ruiz spent several months in the hospital in serious condition. He was later charged with vehicular manslaughter following the results of a Florida Highway Patrol investigation.

The memorial marker will serve as a reminder of loved teen whose life was lost too soon as well as a warning to all that drive that route to drive safely.

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